Just 1 percent of the total number of EU residents who traveled to extra-EU destinations in 2015 were Romanians, shows relevant statistical data published by Eurostat on Friday.
In 2015, more than 1 out of every 4 tourism nights was spent outside the EU by residents of the United Kingdom (28.4 pct in 2013) and Estonia (27.9 pct). They were followed by those of Belgium (23.1 pct), Croatia (20.5 pct), Lithuania and Austria (both 20.3 pct), as well as Luxembourg (20.2 pct). In contrast, less than 1 out of every 10 tourism nights was spent outside the EU by residents of Romania (1.0 pct), Greece (5.6 pct), the Czech Republic (6.2 pct), Portugal (7.0 pct), France (7.1 pct), Bulgaria (7.7 pct), Spain (8.0 pct), Poland (8.1 pct) and Slovakia (9.7 pct). On average,15.4 pct of all tourism nights of EU residents were spent in non EU countries.
At EU level, the United States remained the main destination of EU tourists traveling outside the EU in 2015, accounting for 13.8 pct of all nights spent by EU residents in the rest of the world. Turkey was the second most common extra-EU destination for EU residents (10.4 pct of all tourism nights spent outside the EU), while Morocco (4.6 pct) completed the top 3 extra-EU destination of EU tourists in 2015.
Among the top 30 tourist regions in 2015 in terms of overnight stays, six each were located in Spain and France, four were in Germany, two each in Greece and Austria, and one each in Ireland, Croatia, the Netherlands, and the UK.
The Spanish island region of the Canaries remained the most popular tourist region in the EU, with 94.0 million overnight stays in 2015. Three further Spanish regions also featured among the top ten destinations: Catalonia (75.5 million nights), the Balearic Islands (65.2 million nights) and Andalusia (61.4 million nights). France had three of its regions in the top 10: the capital region of Ile-de-France (ranked second with 76.8 million nights), Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (54.6 million nights) and Rhône-Alpes (48.7 million nights).
The Croatian region of Jadranska Hrvatska (68.1 million nights), the Italian region of Veneto (63.3 million nights) and Inner London in the United Kingdom (44.8 million nights in 2012) featured also among the main EU region all tourism destinations.